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The Old Cider House
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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“We had a great stay here”
Reviewed August 29, 2013

My husband was given a Buy A Gift voucher for his 50th and we decided on the Old Cider House. I'm glad we did.
We travelled down from Birmingham on the motorbike, taking in Avebury and Wells Cathedral on the way and were greeted by Ian who showed us where we could securely park the bike up and then showed us to our room, the Castle Room. The room was light and airy with a very comfy bed, tea and coffee making facilities, some sherry in a decanter, extra blankets, en suite, and a lovely view of Castle Street and the stream that runs down it.
We had tea and cake in the sitting room (well, Ozzy had most of the cake!) and then went out to sample the beer at the 3 local pubs.
Dinner was at 7.30, preceded by a glass of Ian's extremely tasty homemade beer. As a few of the other guests weren't present for dinner, there was space for Ian and Lynne to join us in the dining room to eat which made it feel more like going round to friends' for a meal rather than being served at a guest house. The other guests who did join us for dinner were very easy company too and there was a lovely (and lively) atmosphere.
The food was excellent and all Basque inspired - cabbage and chorizo soup followed by a beautifully seasoned chicken breast on a bed of flavoured rice. Dessert was a lemon tart and ice cream. Ozzy then helped to clear the tables (if you've read other reviews, you'll be aware of his napkin trick) and a few of us wandered back down the road for a pint at one of the local pubs.
After a very restful night's sleep we headed down to breakfast a 9. I'd opted for cereal and toast, my husband for Continental which included a delicious (warm) orange muffin which I quickly snaffled! The full breakfasts that other guests were having looked and smelled lovely too.
All in all, our stay was very comfortable and enjoyable and we hope to return one day soon to do some walking in what is a beautiful part of the country.
Thanks Ian and Lynne.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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TOCH-UK, Owner at The Old Cider House, responded to this review, March 13, 2014
We often forget to mention that we have secure, gated parking for motor and mountain bikes. thanks for reminding us.
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Saint Albans, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

We were here for one night after visiting Cheddar Gorge on our way to meet up with friends in Cornwall. We were given a smartbox as a Christmas present and chosen the Old Cider House for our one night stay and it was a great choice. Lovely hosts comfortable room and a great breakfast, best bacon we have ever tasted! Would recommend and would certainly visit again.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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TOCH-UK, Owner at The Old Cider House, responded to this review, March 13, 2014
The best bacon ever tasted comes from Fauns, our village butcher. We shall pass on your comments.
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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 25, 2013

Just back from a very relaxing two days at the Cider House.The area is fabulous for walking, and Ian was kind enough to print out a great local walk for us ,and they kindly directed us off to a pub quiz as well for out first evening at the very hospitable Rose and Crown .The whole atmosphere is very laid back, but still efficient, Ozzie the labrador clearly enjoys having visitors, the bacon at breakfast from the local butcher was excellent and there's a real sense of being on holiday about the place .

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

My husband and I were given a Buy a Gift Voucher from our children as a joint birthday present. We decided on The Old Cider House, or my husband did as he discovered it had a micro-brewery! He also added on an extra night. I am glad he did! On arrival we received a warm, welcome greeting and a pot of tea from Ian and Ozy his black lab. A good start to our weekend. The room was clean and lovely with lots of personal touches, a good view, decent shower, tea & coffee facilities plus delicious biscuits! My hubby was very happy as he could park his beloved car in the private car park behind the building. Breakfast was first class, organic, local produce and served by Lynn and Ian. After breakfast, Ian showed us how he brewed his beer in the micro-brewery accompanied by the clucking of their chickens. They were both very helpful, advising us where to eat locally and where to visit. Dog friendly. A fantastic weekend made great by good hosts!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

We were here for our anniversary and it couldn't have been more wonderful! The little touches like home made biscuits, really made our stay. Loved the view out of our window, and how quiet and serene it was. We would definitely stay again and recommend to anyone!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Ware, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 1, 2013

We too had a Smart Box stay and chose to add on an extra night. Our arrival was very friendly, we were shown to our room and offered a cup of tea in the lounge with Ozzy. Breakfast was fine, and I was looked after with my dietary needs. We also had a meal in on the Sunday which was nicely cooked and presented. Enjoyed the company of Lynne and Ian too. What was really special that they helped us celebrate our wedding anniversary with champagne, thank you so much for this lovely thought. We will recommend you to our friends.

Room Tip: We enjoyed staying in the Castle room, although it is in the front not too noisy
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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hatfield
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed June 24, 2013

My husband and i recently stayed at this B&B. I am afraid we were not met with a warm friendly welcome, merely lukewarm. They owners were pleasant enough but did not seem willing to engage in conversation until we checked out. We were invited to dine on our first night. For 80 pounds per night the breakfast did not offer good value for money. half a slice of toast each over cooked poached eggs and two small cups of coffee is not really good value. i also did not enjoy eating my breakfast with a dog wandering around and sitting at the table looking longingly. I am seriously allergic to dogs and the choice when i am eating would have been preferred as it stood and shook several times while i was eating my breakfast. It was a beautiful dog but feel that if dog owners bring their dogs and are not allowed in the dining room, the same should apply to the owners as some people like me are allergic. we were very disappointed at not being offered to try the homebrew or for the owners to not even draw it to our attention. On the whole i feel the place was overpriced for the standard provided. The bed also creaked constantly which was very annoying when trying to sleep

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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TOCH-UK, Owner at The Old Cider House, responded to this review, June 30, 2013
In the unusual event of us receiving a poor review we take a long hard look at what we do, and have the following response:

Booking into the UK’s most dog friendly B&B (awarded by the Kennel Club) and being severely allergic to dogs could show a lack of foresight. Turning up an hour before the agreed arrival time will find us busy preparing for guests arriving as planned. Ordering a different breakfast from everyone else may have resulted in the eggs being less than perfect (for which we apologise). Declining our offer to eat and drink with us is probably the reason that our beer was not consumed.

Fresh eggs from our own hens, bacon and sausage from our local butcher, as much home-made toasted bread as requested are good value. If guests choose not to partake, then it is bizarre that they would complain.

In life we find that some individuals are the author of their own misfortunes and we shall put this review down to “you can’t please all the people all the time”.
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Property: The Old Cider House
Address: 25 Castle Street, Nether Stowey TA5 1LN, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Somerset > Nether Stowey
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Nether Stowey
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We run the sort of guesthouse that we would want to stay at. That's why we cook good simple food, buy locally and have our own microbrewery. We are relaxed, un-stuffy and welcome dogs. A great place for walking, mountain biking, sightseeing and, above all, relaxing. So, turn off the Blackberry and have a good time. ... more   less 
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